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150 evacuated after fire at Jamie Oliver restaurant

Around 150 people have been evacuated from a shopping centre after a fire at Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa restaurant near St Paul's.

  • 20 firefighters tackled the blaze at the restaurant in New Change Passage, on Cheapside
  • Part of the ducting, in the first-floor restaurant's extraction system, caught fire and put out by around 12.30pm
  • Staff working there say the restaurant will stay closed for the next 24 hours

There are no reports of any other injuries.

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Jamie Oliver sets chilli-chopping world record

Jamie Oliver sliced up 10 chillies in 30 seconds to break the world record Credit: PA

Jamie Oliver has proved he is hot stuff by setting a new world record - for chopping raw chillies.

The TV chef sliced up 10 in 30 seconds to achieve his feat during a live broadcast.

Oliver's pal and fellow chef Gennaro Contaldo set a new record for making ravioli.

Their record attempts were staged during a live launch for Oliver's YouTube channels online last night.

Adjudicators from Guinness World Records were on hand to verify their supremacy.

Afterwards Oliver told his fans he was "well happy".

Jamie Oliver takes torch past old school

Jamie Oliver said "this is a real privilege" as he carried the torch through Newport Credit: PA

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver smiled through the rain as he helped the Olympic torch on its way today.

The 37-year-old champion of healthy eating for children carried the flame through Newport - the Essex village where he went to school - on day 50 of the relay.

Watched by his wife Jools and family, he said: "I can't believe how much it's raining but it's great to be here in my old town and this is a real privilege."

The Olympic torch was behind schedule after being delayed by a road accident.

The relay convoy was delayed by about 15 minutes after a crash between two motorbikes which were travelling in the opposite direction as the convoy passed Chelmsford.